Open Society Voices

Roma in Political Life: Bulgaria—Political Manipulation and the Damage Done

September 10, 2013 | by Chuck Sudetic
Corruption, coercion, and manipulation have stifled the political development of Bulgaria’s Roma community, estimated to be nearly three times higher than the last census in 2011.

Roma in Political Life: Macedonia—Pride and Prejudice

September 10, 2013 | by Chuck Sudetic
On paper, Macedonia’s Roma fare better than their neighbors in other parts of Central and Eastern Europe, but yawning social and economic gaps remain between Roma and the rest of the country’s population.

Roma in Political Life: France—Gens du Voyage and the Roma of France

September 10, 2013 | by Chuck Sudetic
The Roma of France include groups of people who call themselves Tsiganes, Gitanes, Roma, Manouches, Sinti, Kale, Yenisch, and other names. Rough estimates of their total numbers range from 300,000 to 500,000.

Roma in Political Life: From Romania to France—Roma Migrants

September 10, 2013 | by Chuck Sudetic
Citizens of Romania are today free to establish legal residence anywhere in the European Union. In the late 1990s, Roma migrants, primarily from Romania, began to go to France.

Roma in Political Life: Romania—“Household Roma,” Mayors, and .3 Percent

September 10, 2013 | by Chuck Sudetic
How can Roma residing in Romania’s ghettos ever develop a political consciousness sufficiently strong to enable them to claim their rightful place in Romanian and European society?

Roma in Political Life: Hungary—From Transition to Hate Politics

September 10, 2013 | by Chuck Sudetic
The Roma are Hungary’s largest minority, so why are the Roma not included in political decision-making on the national or local level to a degree corresponding to their numbers?

Roma in Political Life in Europe: Introduction

September 10, 2013 | by Chuck Sudetic, Zeljko Jovanovic
The right to participate in public and political affairs is essential for any group in an open society. Roma—Europe’s largest minority—are underrepresented in all aspects of public and political life.

Making “Big Data” Work for Equality

September 9, 2013 | by Costanza Hermanin, Angelina Atanasova
The collection of precise data on inequality is essential to identifying gaps in public policies, and implementing remedial steps.

No Documents, No Doctor? No Longer.

September 9, 2013 | by Olga Ochneva, Olga Rychkova
Jamila used to be one of many people in Kyrgyzstan denied health care because she did not have a permanent address. Now, thanks to work by Asteria, she’s looking forward to her first doctor’s appointment.

The End of Marijuana Prohibition?

September 6, 2013 | by Andy Ko
For the states, it seems that the door is now open for effective and rational marijuana policies that serve the needs of real people and communities in terms of health, safety, justice, and possibly even revenue.